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date: 15 November 2019

Hoff, Maxlocked

(29 May 1893–27 April 1941)
  • Mark H. Haller


Hoff, Max (29 May 1893–27 April 1941), bootlegger and boxing manager and promoter, was born in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Harry Hoff and Sara (maiden name unknown). He attended the local Horace Binney elementary school and was a newsboy in the city’s downtown. As a teenager, Hoff (known as “Boo-Boo”) became part of a group of largely Jewish young men involved in the boxing and gambling world that centered in gyms on the southern edge of the downtown. There he developed ties central to his successes during the 1920s, including one to Charlie Schwartz, with whom Hoff probably ran small gambling establishments in South Philadelphia before Prohibition. In 1917 he married Helen Flynn. They had one son....

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